Montserrat: Information on the present administration and Chief Minister and the role of the United Kingdom
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 October 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MSR28123.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Montserrat: Information on the present administration and Chief Minister and the role of the United Kingdom, 1 October 1997, MSR28123.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab9b58.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
Montserrat is a British dependent territory which is internally self-governing. It is administered through a Governor appointed by the British Crown, an Executive Council consisting of seven members and a Legislative Council consisting of twelve members of which seven are elected by universal suffrage (Political Handbook of the World: 1997 1997, 891; Europa 1997 1997, 3455-56). For additional information on Montserrat and the role of the United Kingdom please consult the Political Handbook of the World: 1997 and Europa 1997.
On 21 August 1997, David Brandt replaced Bertrand Osborne as Chief Minister (Caribbean & Central America Report 23 Sept. 1997, 2). The Executive Council consists of the Governor, Anthony Abbott; one ex-officio member, Attorney General Stanley Moore, Chief Minister David Brandt and four other elected members drawn from the Legislative Council (Political Handbook of the World: 1997 1997, 891; High Commission for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States 17 Oct. 1997). The four other elected members are Rupert Weekes, Austin Bramble, Adelina Tuitt and C.T. John (Ibid.).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Caribbean & Central America Report [London]. 23 Sept. 1997. "Britain Moves to Reassure Islanders."
The Europa World Year Book 1997. 1997. 38th ed. Vol.2. London: Europa Publications.
High Commission for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Ottawa. 17 October 1997.
Political Handbook of the World:1997. 1997. Edited by Arthur S. Banks. Binghamton, NY: CSA Publications.
Additional Sources Consulted
Electronic sources: IRB Databases, Global News Bank, LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database).
Resource Centre Country File ( Montserrat).